If your kiddos are anything like mine, they don't pay much attention to hunger cues when they get deep into play. It's almost impossible to get them out to eat something until one of them realizes they are starving. They come running to me ten minutes before a meal, begging for food because they are ravenous. Then you have to tell them to wait a few more minutes and the complaining begins. The best way to avoid all this and keep your active players' tummies happy: make a few of these snacks and put them out on the table so they can grab them whenever they pass by. It's an easy way to have something ready before their hunger strikes!
Elephant Snack Mix
This snack mix is all around crunchy fun. It's got something for everyone. Feel free to try our mix or experiment with your own. You'll be making it all summer — I promise. Find the recipe HERE.
Forest Caterpillar Snack
These little forest critters are a great way to get your active players to slow down just for a milli-second and get some veggies and fruit into their day.
This is more of sit-down snack or a very quick lunch. The combo of toast, eggs, and avocados is off-track good (totally pun intended).
Hard-Boiled Egg Mice Snacks
These little mice are a really fun way to spice up hard-boiled eggs. We all love hard-boiled eggs, but after a while they can get kinda boring. Not so for these cute little guys! Find the recipe HERE.
These are a great snack for inside or outside. They're especially good for older kids who like to go off exploring the neighborhood — they can take some in their bag or pocket in case they get hungry while they're out and about.
This snack is one of my kids' personal favorites. We like to change it up with different nut butters and fruits — both fresh and dried.
If you love Cheezits, these are ten times better. The cheese flavor comes from actual cheese and tastes super-fresh. Cut them into any shape you want. Make a lot — maybe even a triple batch — since they'll be gone so fast.
Peanut Butter and Banana Quesadillas
Here's another snack that probably needs to be eaten sitting down, or at least while kids are outside so all the gooeyness can just be hosed off. Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana — I can't think of a more decadent snack food.
These fruit leathers remind me of my grandmother. She used to make banana ones all the time. She even wrapped them in white waxed paper just like this. We lived far out in the countryside, so having a go-to snack that I could bring out with me while I played was a must. These are perfect for that.
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About the Author
KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.